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Design, Synthesis, and X-Ray Crystal Structure of a Fullerene-Linked Metal–Organic Framework


  • We thank the Robert A. Welch Foundation for an endowed chair, Grant AH-0033 and NSF Grants CHE-1110967 and DMR-1205302 for generous financial support.


Given the unique structural and electronic properties of C60, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) containing C60 linkers are expected to exhibit interesting characteristics. A new hexakisfullerene derivative possessing two pairs of phenyl pyridine groups attached to two methano-carbon atoms located at the trans-1 positions was designed and synthesized. The four pyridyl nitrogen atoms define a perfectly planar rectangle. This new C60 derivative was used to assemble the first fullerene-linked two-dimensional MOF by coordination with Cd2+.